There’s nothing more romantic than a night away with that special someone. Dubai is one of the best cities for a couples retreat thanks to its plethora of world-class hotels and resorts to suit every taste – from the flash to the action-packed and the secluded. Spend a romantic evening in a tranquil Mediterranean-inspired setting overlooking the creek or indulge in the finer things in life at a showstopping seven-star location. As Valentine’s Day swiftly approaches Top Spots Dubai has rounded up the top five romantic getaways in Dubai to impress your loved one.
1. Burj Al Arab, Umm Sequim
One for luxury lovers. For decades the Burj Al Arab has remained one of the world’s most exclusive and talked-about hotels in the world. It’s known for its industry-setting 7-star standards and interior design abundant in contemporary arabesque luxury (and gold) as well as its iconic structure that put Dubai on the map.
Your Valentine will be wowed by a night spent here. Airport transfer options to Burj Al Arab include Rolls Royce Phantom and even helicopter. The hotel also has its own fleet of super cars ready to make tours around that city that extra bit luxurious.
Privacy is never an issue here, the Burj Al Arab is situated on its own private island with a helipad for discreet arrivals. Standard rooms are set out like suites, spread over two levels and come with their own personal butler and 14 different types of pillow to pick from. Pamper at the onsite spa then kick back at the private beach while the Burj al Arab’s highly attentive team cater to your every whim. Impressive dining options mean that you need never leave the hotel. Enjoy a decadent breakfast followed by coffee topped with real gold, tuck into afternoon tea accompanied by striking sea views and then make the most of the Burj Al Arab’s Michelin star dining options by night. The hotel’s futuristic sky bar with its expansive panoramas is the ultimate spot for dreamy sundowners with your plus one.
Tip: Give your beloved a dining experience that they will never forget. Book dinner at the Burj Al Arab’s two Michelin star Ristorante L’ Olivo at Al Mahara, a pop-up from Capri, situated under the water!
2. One and Only the Palm, Palm Jumeirah
This secluded resort is the last one the left side of the Palm Jumeirah feels a world away from the hustle of the city. It has become a favourite among travellers seeking a taste of Arabian authenticity over the years thanks to its uncompromising standards and chic aesthetics.
Relaxation is the name of the game here. Book a beach-side villa, unwind in the sparkling infinity pool or make your way to the private beach which reveals impressive views of the Dubai skyline. Help your loved one to look and feel their best by booking them a session in the Guerlain Spa, famous for its Moroccan hammam spa treatments. Here, fine dining options are complimented by equally enchanting views. We recommend the Maldives-style 101 Dining and Lounge set on top of the sea for spectacular views and delicious seafood or Stay by chef Yannick Alléno for refined classic French dining. Impress your partner with a ride on the One&Only private boat that transports you back to the city.
Tip: Take the headache out of planning. This resort offers specially curated packages for couples.
3. One and Only Royal Mirage, close to Dubai Marina
Situated close to the Dubai Marina, One and Only Royal Mirage is a vast Arabian-style resort is perched amid an oasis at the edge of a pristine private beach, stretching one kilometre. Surrounded by lush, landscaped gardens, the One and Only Royal Mirage feels like an escape into another world, perfect for those couples craving a change of scenery.
For the ultimate secluded couple’s stay-cay, we recommend booking the Beach Garden Villa which has its own private pool complete with loungers, double hammock, and dining table. The hotel’s dedicated club car is on hand to whisk you around the resort.
This vast complex includes 16 restaurants, bars and lounges. Continue the romance all night long. Sundowners at the resort’s Jetty Lounge are iconic. Steal a moment of romantic bliss here and take in one of Dubai’s impressive sunsets. When it comes to dining you’ll be spoilt for choice. We recommend The Beach Bar & Grill by Mauro Colagreco. The venue serves up a lively beach-side atmosphere and flavourful South American sharing cuisine. Don’t leave One and Only Royal Mirage without trying the resort’s exceptional Oriental Moroccan Hammam spa treatment.
Tip: On Valentine’s Day take the boat from the jetty to Restaurant 101 at One and Only the Palm, one of Dubai’s most romantic dining spots.
4. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah
Ideal for couples in need of options and entertainment. Whether it’s dining, sightseeing or activities, Jumeirah Al Naseem has much to see and do. With arabesque/colonial-style decor, the hotel is part of the Madinat Jumeirah, an Arabian style complex that encloses four Jumeirah resorts which include an impressive 30 restaurants, cafes, and bars. Beyond this, the Madinat Jumeirah souk has a further 80 eateries, boutiques as well as ToDA the theatre of digital art. Couples that like to play together are spoilt for choice, they have access to all of the Madinat Jumeirah’s amenities including the fitness centre and tennis courts, the spa as well as the water park. Make your way around the turquoise waterways on a charming abra boat taxi.
The choices continue. At this shoreside resort, guests can pick from five sparkling swimming pools or make their way to the sand. The vibey Summersalt Beach Club is set along a stretch of pristine beach and reveals Insta-worthy Burj Al Arab views. Retreat into your own world after a busy day dining and exploring. Pool Terrace rooms include plush furnishings, an open-plan bathroom, a private balcony and direct access to the adults-only pool.
Tip: There’s a collection of exceptional dining options close by to indulge your taste buds and your loved one. We recommend Flamingo Rooms by Tashas or Il Borro Tuscan Bistro. Follow this up with a romantic nightcap or shisha session under the stars on the beach at Shimmers On The Beach at the neighbouring Jumeirah Mina A’Salam hotel.
5. Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek
This lowrise white-walled hotel has remained a favourite among Dubai tourists and residents over the years thanks to its calming environment. Park Hyatt gives guests the sense that they’ve been transported into a wonderous world that unites Moorish and Mediterranean inspirations. Bougainvillaea adorns the walls while the woodwork and patterned tiles pay homage to the aesthetics of the region. This hotel is all about pared-back luxury and simplicity, intimate evening strolls along the waterfront promenade give couples a special moment of ‘us time’. Golfers will be pleased to find that the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club is right next door. Relax in the award-winning spa, or spend your days lounging by the palm-lined pool. Rooms face out towards the Dubai Creek and marina. Take to your private terrace to catch a spectacular sunset against a backdrop of yachts and twinkling skyscrapers.
Tip: Head over to the recently opened Twiggy Beach Club for upscale Mediterranean eats and striking sunset views against a backdrop of the Dubai skyline.